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Wimauma Elementary holds 'A' night of celebration

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image Superintendent of Schools MaryEllen Elia, left, with Wimauma Elementary School principal Milady Astacio, opening the celebration. Photo Mitch Traphagen

It is the only area school to receive an A grade from the state

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN
 
It has been a big year for Wimauma Elementary School. Not only is the school the only area school to receive an A grade by the state, both staff and students have been recognized for outstanding work with Socorrito Claudio winning the Ida S. Baker Award, Krista Whitcomb receiving the ESE Support of the Year award, and student Kenyatta Stephens receiving a perfect math score on the FCAT.

While it was the A grade that brought out students, staff and families last Thursday night, all of the school’s many accomplishments were celebrated.

Superintendent MaryEllen Elia, leading the nation’s eighth largest school district, spoke during the celebration to offer her congratulations to everyone involved in the school’s success.

“This was the first time in the nine years that I have been here where I saw the positive energy exude from both the staff and the parents,” said Wimauma Elementary School principal Milady Astacio. “It was an upbeat climate that we want to build on throughout the year.”

The “A” night of celebration included some good old rock ’n roll performed live by second grade teacher Harley Gay and physical education coach Kimberly Richardson. Students and staff also performed a variety of songs. The event ended with a mariachi band.

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